03 April 2009

Happy (Belated) Birthday Gmail!!!

Gmail turned 5 on Wednesday and it's still in Beta (though that may change soon?). Half of a decade old and it still doesn't know what it wants to be when it grows up. Google marked the special day by introducing some new features for Gmail, including CADIE - an artificial intelligence system that can automatically respond to your emails. Now your correspondence can live on auto-pilot.

02 April 2009

Bad Decision Blocker

An iPhone application prevents the user from calling certain contacts for a specified period of time. This is probably useful for the perennial drunk-dialer and that pain-in-the-ass friend of yours who plays with your iPhone apps.

01 April 2009

Air Car - coming to a dealership near you!

The Air Car is a near-zero emission vehicle that runs almost entirely on compressed air. The car is going to be available by late 2009 or early 2010 for around $17,800.

31 March 2009

Tired of prostitots? Make 'em read Lolita

This author submits an intriguing argument why, in a world full of teen pregnancy and sexual assault, Nabakov's highly controversial, modern classic Lolita should be a part of the American high school English curriculum.

Among the myriad reasons: Literature offers a safe starting point for discussion and required reading like Romeo and Juliet and Hamlet also deal with teen sex and incest.

Food for thought.

Ever wonder what exactly a porter is?

That's okay - here's an article telling you anyway.

The beer so nice they named it... once... but lots of pr0n comes up when you search for pictures of it.

Earth Hour: pictures before and during

The Boston Globe gives us pictures from around the world during Earth Hour, an effort to raise awareness about human energy consumption. Major buildings shut their lights off for an hour. Click on the images to see the lights fade.

30 March 2009

Super Mario Bros theme on a Tesla coil

Nikolai Tesla's wonders are all around us, everyday. He was a visionary who sought to revolutionize the world, but he probably didn't have music in mind when he invented his coils. Submitted for your enjoyment: Super Mario Bros theme on a Tesla Coil in C.

XKCD: Parking

"Police reported three dozen cheerful bystanders, yet no one claims to have seen who did it."

You know you've always wanted to do this.

Japanese man had a really bad week

A 93-year-old Japanese man recently became the first person to be certified as a survivor of both the Nagasaki and Hiroshima bombings. The man was in Hiroshima on a business trip when the first bomb hit, and he made it back to Nagasaki in time for round two. Some people have all the luck.